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You’ve Been Breached: Now What?

by ID Agent

It can happen to anyone – you’ve taken steps to limit your exposure to a cyber incident. You’ve purchased and implemented top-of-the-line IT solutions. You’ve carefully thought about security best practices and strived to adhere to them. But somehow, you’ve just become the latest victim of a data breach. It might have been discretely packaged ransomware hidden in a seemingly innocent application file. Perhaps it was the result of poor password management. Maybe your employees were duped by a convincing phishing e-mail. But at this point, the only question racing through your mind is, “What do I do next?” Stop The Bleeding: Secure Your Operations Move quickly to secure your systems and fix vulnerabilities that may have caused the breach. The only thing worse than a data breach is multiple data breaches. Your first priority is to take steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again. To do this, you will need to assemble a breach response team to conduct a comprehensive review. Depending on the size and nature of your company, they may include forensics, legal, information technology, operations, or other concerned stakeholders. If you do not have an internal response team, you should contact your Managed Service Provider (MSP) immediately. A reliable MSP should be able to diagnose the source of the breach, or work with a digital forensics team to do so. Be sure to check your network segmentation. When you set up your network, you likely segmented it so that a breach on one server or in one site could not lead to a breach on another server or site. Work with your response team to analyze whether your segmentation plan was effective in containing the breach. If you need to make any changes, now is the time. Find out if measures such as encryption were enabled when the breach happened. You will also want to analyze backup data to ensure no vulnerabilities remain. Be sure to review logs to determine who had access to the data at the time of the breach. Finally, update credentials and passwords of authorized users. If a hacker stole credentials, your system will remain vulnerable until you change them, even if you’ve removed the hacker’s tools. Determine Your Legal Exposure Depending on the nature and location of your business, you may face some legal implications related to a data breach. Most states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands have enacted legislation requiring notification of security breaches involving personal information. In addition, depending on the types of information involved in the breach, there may be other laws or regulations that apply to your situation. Check state and federal laws or regulations for any specific requirements for your business. The first step in determining your exposure is to verify the types of information compromised, the number of people affected, and whether you have contact information for those people. Once you have gathered this information, report the breach to your local police department immediately. The sooner law enforcement learns about the theft, the more effective they can be in thwarting identity theft. If your local police aren’t familiar with investigating information compromises, contact the local office of the FBI. If your data breach includes electronic health information, you will have additional considerations to account for. You will need to consult the Health Breach Notification Rule to see if your situation requires compliance, and if so, who you must notify, and when. Additionally, check if you’re included in the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule. If so, you must notify the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and in some cases, the media. HHS’s Breach Notification Rule also explains who you must notify, and when. Notify, Notify, Notify While you might want to sweep a data breach under the rug, it is highly inadvisable to do so – both for the above legal requirements, and for the ecosystem of other individuals and entities who depend on your disclosure to stay safe. You will need to notify individuals whose data was compromised as a result of the breach. If you quickly inform people that their personal data has been compromised, they can take steps to reduce the chance that their information will be misused. For example, criminals who have stolen names and Social Security numbers can use that information not only to sign up for new accounts in the victim’s name, but also to commit tax identity theft. People who are notified early can take steps to limit the damage through identity monitoring, among other measures. When notifying compromised individuals, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggests that you: consult with your law enforcement contact about the timing of the notification so it doesn’t impede the investigation designate a point person within your organization for releasing information consider offering a year of free credit monitoring or other support such as identity theft protection or identity restoration services Most states have breach notification laws that tell you what information you must (or must not) provide in your breach notice. Unless your state law says otherwise, you’ll want to clearly describe what you know about the compromise, including how it happened, what information was taken, how the attackers have used the information (if you know), what actions you have taken to remedy the situation, and what actions you are taking to protect individuals and how to reach the relevant contacts in your company. Learn From Your Mistakes A comprehensive review of your information systems will eventually reveal the vulnerability that was used to compromise your data. However, in most cases data breaches are statistically caused by two key attack vectors: stolen user credentials and human error. To ensure that your organization is not breached again, you can get ahead of the hackers by regularly updating passwords and enrolling in a Dark Web Monitoring service. This will ensure that you are alerted any time your credentials are for sale in the marketplaces cybercriminals depend on to gain access to your critical resources. Lastly, you can take steps to transform your employees into your first and best line of defense. Consider a Security Awareness Training platform to execute simulated phishing campaigns and educate vulnerable users about security best practices. Otherwise, your organization is only one click away from yet another breach. ID Agent provides a robust suite of services to address the risks faced by MSPs and that of their SMB clients. BullPhish ID™ delivers security awareness training and phishing simulations created specifically to help employees recognize and avoid phishing traps. Dark Web ID™ monitors the dark web for employee and supply chain credential exposure, which most often results from using those credentials on third-party websites. SpotLight ID™ provides comprehensive personal identity protection and restoration services for employees and customers, mitigating risk and providing peace of mind.

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Migrate With Caution: Microsoft Office 365 Security

by ID Agent

The benefits of moving your business to the Cloud have become crystal clear in recent years. It allows you to empower your aging IT infrastructure, integrate your existing tools seamlessly, scale as your organization grows and work anywhere on any device. However, as is often the case, convenience comes at a cost to security. Cloud services are no exception. In fact, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released an Analysis Report after having conducted interviews with customers who used third-party partners to migrate their email services to O365. It found that these organizations had a mix of configurations that lowered their overall security posture and led to user and mailbox compromises and vulnerabilities. Here is what you need to know about the risks involved in transitioning to O365 and other cloud services. Default settings = Defeated settings CISA found that multi-factor authentication for administrator accounts was not enabled by default by either the customer or third-party integrator. Azure Active Directory (AD) Global Administrators in an O365 environment have the highest level of administrator privileges at the tenant level. This is equivalent to the Domain Administrator in an on-premises AD environment. The Azure AD Global Administrator accounts are the first accounts created so that administrators can begin configuring their tenant and eventually migrate their users. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is not enabled by default for these accounts. These accounts are exposed to internet access because they are based in the cloud. If the password has been compromised on the Dark Web or elsewhere, these cloud-based accounts could allow an attacker to maintain a constant presence in a customer’s critical O365 services from the very start of migration – essentially giving them the keys to the kingdom. Solution: Ensure that multi-factor authentication is enabled from the beginning of your migration to the cloud. If you are unsure how to do this, a reliable Managed Service Provider will be able to implement this step. Think Before You Sync Azure AD Connect integrates on-premises environments (non-cloud) with Azure AD when customers migrate to O365 (cloud). This technology provides the capability to create Azure AD identities from on-premises AD identities (or to match previously created Azure AD identities with on-premises AD identities). The on-premises identities then become the authoritative identities in the cloud. In order to match identities, the AD identity needs to match certain attributes. If matched, the Azure AD identity is flagged as on-premises managed. Therefore, it is possible to create an AD identity that matches an administrator in Azure AD and create an account on-premises with the same username. One of the authentication options for Azure AD is “Password Sync.” If this option is enabled, the password from on-premises overwrites the password in Azure AD. In this particular situation, if the on-premises AD identity is compromised, then an attacker could move laterally to the cloud when the sync occurs. Solution: Ensure Azure AD password sync is planned for and configured correctly, prior to migrating users. A knowledgeable Managed Service Provider will be able to guide you through proper implementation of this precautionary measure. Just Following (Legacy) Protocol? Azure AD is the authentication method that O365 uses to authenticate with Exchange Online, which provides email services. It is important to keep in mind that there are several protocols associated with Exchange Online authentication that do not support modern authentication methods with multi-factor authentication features (such as POP3, IMAP and SMTP). Legacy protocols are used with older email clients and can be disabled at the tenant level or at the user level. However, if your organization requires older email clients as a business necessity, these protocols will not be disabled. This leaves email accounts exposed to the internet with only the username and password as the primary authentication method. Given the rampant exposure of credentials on Dark Web markets and elsewhere, a breach is highly likely to follow. Solution: One approach to mitigate this issue is to inventory users who still require the use of a legacy email client and legacy email protocols. Using Azure AD Conditional Access policies can help reduce the number of users who have the ability to use risky legacy protocol authentication methods. Taking this step will greatly reduce the attack surface for organizations. Again, an experienced Managed Service Provider will be able to ensure that your business is using the proper protocols. ID Agent provides a robust suite of services to address the risks faced by MSPs and that of their SMB clients. BullPhish ID™ delivers security awareness training and phishing simulations created specifically to help employees recognize and avoid phishing traps. Dark Web ID™ monitors the dark web for employee and supply chain credential exposure, which most often results from using those credentials on third-party websites. SpotLight ID™ provides comprehensive personal identity protection and restoration services for employees and customers, mitigating risk and providing peace of mind.

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“BERN” App Divulges 150 Million Voter Records

by ID Agent

The future of community organizing or the latest flagrant violation of online privacy? That’s the debate currently raging over the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign’s roll-out of its new “BERN” application. The campaign positions it as a new organizing tool that assists volunteers in tracking potential supporters – permitting them to log the name and background of anyone they talk to: from friends and family members to complete strangers on the street. But skeptics argue that the database of personal information could open non-supporters up to harassment. While a sizable proportion of the data the app requests is publicly available for savvy political operatives who know where to look, critics say that having the data neatly compiled — while not giving people a way to opt out of it — presents online and offline safety concerns. So how did this hotly debated application expose private information of up to 150,000,000 American voters? It seems that an error in the app’s source code caused personal voter identification numbers to be exposed for several hours before ultimately being corrected. Visitors to the website could simply use the F12 Developer Tools shortcut to inspect HTML elements, displaying results like this: (personal information redacted to protect user privacy) Defenders of the application note that information like this has long been accessible by campaigns through the use of CRM tools like NGP VAN and others. However, opponents argue that there are some important caveats. Traditionally, campaign staff using the above tools are limited to data about the precincts they work in, data packets are coded, and personnel are monitored – the BERN app contained no such restrictions. Publishing voter files online is illegal in every state – and for good reason. In some states, voter ID numbers are identical to other identifying numbers like those found on Driver’s Licenses or Social Security cards. This is deeply troubling as hackers and criminals could use these legitimate records to make counterfeit IDs and subsequently use them to open bank accounts and commit other types of fraud. Setting aside critical identifiers like Social Security numbers, the exposed information such as a user’s age, residence, gender, zip code and other “banal” data can be cross-referenced with personal records already compromised on the Dark Web. For example, a cybercriminal typically purchases stolen credit card information on the Dark Web for less than $10 per record. To carry out an online purchase, a hacker would have to know your address and ZIP code – and thanks to the BERN leak, this information is already out there. For in-store purchases, a hacker could simply clone your credit card and, in the rare case that a store associate asks for a photo ID, use the Driver’s License number found on BERN to create a convincing and scannable counterfeit ID. (sample Dark Web advertisement for stolen credit card information) So how do you protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft? Organizations have proved time and time again that they are unable to ensure complete security of your personal information; therefore, it would benefit private citizens to enroll in an Identity Monitoring service. By enlisting the help of a trusted provider, online users can monitor their credit cards, driver’s license, Social Security number, medical records and even their passwords – and be alerted when they are for sale on the Dark Web, the world’s largest marketplace for stolen information. ID Agent provides a robust suite of services to address the risks faced by MSPs and that of their SMB clients. BullPhish ID™ delivers security awareness training and phishing simulations created specifically to help employees recognize and avoid phishing traps. Dark Web ID™ monitors the dark web for employee and supply chain credential exposure, which most often results from using those credentials on third-party websites. SpotLight ID™ provides comprehensive personal identity protection and restoration services for employees and customers, mitigating risk and providing peace of mind.

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Game of Thrones: An SMB Cybersecurity Analogy

by ID Agent

***SPOILER ALERT: this article contains some plot details up to Season 8, episode 2*** The epic struggle of Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and their fragile coalition of allies against the looming undead army of White Walkers bears a striking resemblance to the growing specter of cyberthreats against small to medium sized businesses in recent years. So how do you make people care about cybersecurity as much as they care about who will reign supreme over Westeros? Simple – frame these threats in the fantastical terms they already understand from Sunday nights watching HBO. Westeros as an SMB Westeros, the fictional continent where much of the show’s action takes place, is an excellent metaphor for your organization's IT environment. It has a clear perimeter as an island surrounded by water and contains significant assets – food, weapons, livestock, infrastructure and its citizens (just as a business owns personal data, payment information, intellectual property and other sensitive material). While there is some warring between the Lannisters, Starks and other houses, it’s helpful to think of them as various departments within the same organization – jockeying for resources, much as different business units might fight for limited budget. A united Seven Kingdoms allows us to recognize the true existential threat to the security and prosperity of Westeros’s inhabitants – the White Walkers. The most direct cybersecurity parallel to this horde of undead would be a malware botnet. A botnet is a collection of internet-connected devices such as computers, smartphones or IoT devices whose security has been breached and control ceded to a third party (the ice-cold third party being The Night King in this scenario). Much like The Night King is able to raise his victims from the dead to join his ranks, hackers are able to fool unsuspecting users by implanting and executing malware on their devices, oftentimes through advanced phishing attacks, to take control of them. This malware could restrict access to business-critical systems for a ransom and harvest user credentials to grant hackers access to financial resources -- two techniques that could potentially bankrupt an SMB. The hacker can also use infected devices to carry out ever larger-scale attacks, such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against your website. As we learned in the latest episode of Game of Thrones, The Night King is seeking to launch a DDoS attack on Westeros and beyond, with the goal of permanently shutting down the living. Another similarity that Game of Thrones superfans will appreciate: neither the White Walkers nor hacking tools were originally conceived with destructive purposes in mind. The White Walkers were originally human-like figures created with magic by the Children of the Forest to protect them from the First Men. They were defense weapons created with good intentions that eventually became so powerful, they threatened all of humanity. Similarly, cyberweapons like StuxNet were originally developed as tools of defense to limit the advances of Iran’s nuclear program, but have since fallen into the hands of third-party criminal groups, who continue to leverage the techniques that made StuxNet possible. Speaking of hacking tools that were previously only available to national governments but are now utilized by criminals, the White Walkers currently have access to more powerful resources than ever before – namely, a terrifying ice-fire-breathing dragon. This parallels the now widespread use of tools like those released by The Shadow Brokers in 2016. The exploit EternalBlue, developed by the NSA in the name of national security and leaked by The Shadow Brokers, was used in the infamous worldwide WannaCry attack that affected over 200,000 computers across 150 countries. Similar to the defense measures that many SMBs implement, Westeros has indeed taken steps to protect itself from the murderous throngs of ice zombies to their north. The most notable example of this would be The Wall. 300 miles long, 700 feet tall and fortified with ancient magic, this rock-solid ice wall could most easily (and ironically) be compared to a Firewall. It’s the first line of defense against intruders, and it takes a Night’s Watch of IT Administrators to maintain it, guard it and analyze for vulnerabilities. As any cybersecurity professional knows, a firewall is a significant defense but can be bypassed by a savvy hacker who knows how to exploit human error, compromised credentials and unpatched applications (or in GoT, by a savvy zombie sociopath with a seemingly unstoppable ice dragon). How to fight back So what can be done to keep your digital kingdom safe? First, you want to make sure your organization’s leadership isn’t like Cersei Lannister – Queen of the Seven Kingdoms who is unwilling to address the existential threat from the North. Much like the wise Maesters of the Citadel, you’ll need to educate decision-makers about the consequences of inaction. For example, 60% of SMBs go bankrupt within the first 6 months following a major cyber incident. Because the vast majority of data breaches are due to human vulnerability and compromised credentials, you’ll want to focus on cybersecurity best practices; these practices are your weapons forged from dragon-glass and Valyrian steel – the only ones proven to be effective against White Walkers. Just as Arya Stark is lethally trained by the Faceless Men, make sure your employees are trained to recognize phishing attempts that may contain malicious files or requests. You’ll also want your very own Three-Eyed Raven. That’s to say, you will want to implement a Dark Web Monitoring service to detect when your users' credentials are compromised on the Dark Web. Leveraging visibility of your business’s weak spots will give you a *Stark* advantage against hackers (pun very much intended). Be sure to implement strong password phrases and modify them on a regular basis. Lastly, enlist the help of a dragon of your own. Managed Service Providers are a powerful resource for SMBs, armed with knowledge and experience in fighting off cybercriminals. A reputable MSP who focuses on the above techniques like Security Awareness Training and Dark Web Monitoring will be a fiery champion for your digital realm. ID Agent provides a robust suite of services to address the risks faced by MSPs and that of their SMB clients. BullPhish ID™ delivers security awareness training and phishing simulations created specifically to help employees recognize and avoid phishing traps. Dark Web ID™ monitors the dark web for employee and supply chain credential exposure, which most often results from using those credentials on third-party websites. SpotLight ID™ provides comprehensive personal identity protection and restoration services for employees and customers, mitigating risk and providing peace of mind. Send us a raven to schedule a demo today!

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All the Cyber Revelations from The Mueller Report

by ID Agent

The long-awaited Mueller Report was published yesterday – a 488-page document outlining Russian interference in the 2016 election, possible ties to the Trump campaign and subsequent efforts to obstruct justice. While the report leaves political conclusions up to interpretation, one fact is very clear from its findings – Russian state-sponsored hackers deployed a variety of techniques to infiltrate not only the Clinton campaign, but also election-adjacent entities as well. Below, we recap all the cyber-related revelations found in the report. Spearphishing: The Path of Least Resistance Beginning in March 2016, units of the Russian Federation’s Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff (GRU) hacked the computers and email accounts of organizations, employees, and volunteers supporting the Clinton campaign, including the email account of campaign chairman John Podesta. They did so by sending hundreds of spearphishing emails to the work and personal email accounts of Clinton campaign employees and volunteers. Between March 10, 2016 and March 15, 2016, Unit 26165, more commonly known as “Fancy Bear,” appears to have sent approximately 90 spearphishing emails to email accounts at hillaryclinton.com. Starting on March 15, 2016, the GRU began targeting Google email accounts used by Clinton Campaign employees, along with a smaller number of dnc.org email accounts. By no later than April 12, 2016, the GRU had gained access to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) computer network using the credentials stolen from an employee who had been successfully spearphished the week before. Over the following weeks, the GRU traversed the network and stole network access credentials along the way (including those of IT administrators with unrestricted access to the system). In total, the GRU compromised approximately 29 different computers on the DCCC’s network. Approximately six days after first hacking into the DCCC’s network, on April 18, 2016, GRU officers gained access to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) network via a virtual private network (VPN) connection between the DCCC and DNC networks. Over the next 2 months, Unit 26165 compromised more than 30 computers on the DNC network, including the DNC mail server and shared file server. In addition to infiltrating the networks of the DNC, DCCC and Clinton campaign, Russia also utilized advanced spearphishing attacks to compromise public officials involved in election administration and personnel at companies involved in voting technology. In August 2016, GRU officers targeted employees of a voting technology company that developed software used by numerous U.S. counties to manage voter rolls, and installed malware on the company network. Similarly, in November 2016, the GRU sent spearphishing emails to over 120 email accounts used by Florida county officials responsible for administering the 2016 U.S. election. The spearphishing emails contained an attached Word document coded with malicious software (commonly referred to as a Trojan) that permitted the GRU to access the infected computer. Malware: Credential Harvesting and Document Transfer Unit 26165 implanted on the DNC networks two types of customized malware known as “X-Agent” and “X-Tunnel”. They also employed Mimikatz, a credential-harvesting tool and rar.exe, a tool used in these intrusions to compile and compress materials for exfiltration. X-Agent was a multi-function hacking tool that allowed Unit 26165 to log keystrokes, take screenshots, and gather other data about the infected computers (file directories, operating systems, etc.) These sessions were captured as GRU officers monitored work on infected computers regularly between April 2016 and June 2016. Data captured in these keylogging sessions included passwords, internal communications between employees, banking information, and other sensitive personal information. X-Tunnel was a hacking tool that created a connection between the infected computers and GRU-controlled computers outside the DNC networks that was capable of large-scale data transfers. GRU officers then used X-Tunnel to exfiltrate stolen data from the Victim computers – just short of 400 gigabytes of private data in total. The stolen documents included internal strategy documents, fundraising data, opposition research, and emails from the work inboxes of DNC employees – these materials were ultimately released by Wikileaks in July 2016. SQL Injections By at least the summer of 2016, GRU officers sought access to state and local computer networks by exploiting known software vulnerabilities on websites of state and local governmental entities. They targeted state and local databases of registered voters using a technique known as SQL injection, by which malicious code is sent to the state or local website in order to run commands (such as exfiltrating the database contents). In one instance, in approximately June 2016, the GRU compromised the computer network of the Illinois State Board of Elections by exploiting a vulnerability in the website. The GRU then gained access to a database containing information on millions of registered Illinois voters and extracted data related to thousands of U.S. voters before the malicious activity was identified. GRU officers continued to scan state and local websites for vulnerabilities. For example, over a two-day period in July 2016, GRU officers scanned for vulnerabilities on websites of more than two dozen states. Key Takeaways Human vulnerability and compromised credentials remain the easiest techniques for compromising an organization’s information systems. The attacks on the various victims demonstrate a continuing trend in state-sponsored actors engaging in cyber-espionage – another example can be found in the recent Wipro breach. Organizations should emphasize security awareness training for their employees in order to prepare them to identify and recognize phishing attempts. Properly trained personnel are far less likely to acquiesce to fraudulent requests or open malicious attachments in e-mail communications – the most commonly employed tactic identified in the Mueller Report. This type of vigilance remains a challenge as hackers gain access to legitimate e-mail accounts of colleagues – highlighting the importance of credential monitoring to detect and react when an organization’s usernames and passwords have been compromised. ID Agent provides a robust suite of services to address the risks highlighted in the Mueller Report. BullPhish ID™ delivers security awareness training and phishing simulations created specifically to help employees recognize and avoid phishing traps like those used by Russian hackers to infiltrate systems. Dark Web ID™ monitors the dark web for employee and supply chain credential exposure, which most often results from using those credentials on third-party websites. SpotLight ID™ provides comprehensive personal identity protection and restoration services for employees and customers, mitigating risk and providing peace of mind.

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The Wipro Breach: A Demonstration of Third-party and Supply Chain Risk

by ID Agent

Advanced phishing and supply chain vulnerabilities - these seem to be the successful attack vectors that hackers have used to compromise Wipro, an Indian multinational corporation that provides information technology, consulting and business process services. Notable security researcher, Brian Krebs, reports confirmation that a nation-state actor had been inside the company’s systems for months, identifying opportunities to attack its vast customer base – currently, at least a dozen of the firm’s clients have been targeted as a direct result of this breach. Additional sources have claimed that Wipro’s corporate e-mail system had also been compromised for some time, forcing the company to build out a new private system. Who’s the Bad Guy? While the attack has not been attributed to a specific group, security researchers note that it bears a resemblance to those launched by the Chinese hacking group APT10 – almost always beginning with a phishing campaign targeted against a third-party partner. The group has a demonstrated history of attacking Managed Service Providers in order to gain access to a larger swath of targets. Last year, the Australian Cyber Security Center blamed APT10 for attacks on at least nine global service providers, and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre said it is aware of malicious activity currently affecting UK organizations across a broad range of sectors. Takeaways The Wipro breach seems to be a textbook case of exactly how not to handle a breach. Refusal to acknowledge and inconsistencies in what they will acknowledge have done nothing but increase not only confusion in reporting on the incident, but also mistrust in the company. Additionally, it highlights how critical it is that organizations properly protect their assets and address the vulnerabilities inherent to human error. Companies must extend beyond robust network security and incorporate systematic employee training, supply chain security assessment and ongoing monitoring, and third-party security, among other methods of defense. Last October, the FBI warned Managed Service Providers about the increasing occurrence of Chinese hacking groups targeting them specifically. MSPs have unparalleled access to their clients’ networks, so compromising an MSP can give these groups direct access into dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of businesses and their client data. The number one way attackers penetrate networks is with stolen credentials, according to the alert. ID Agent provides a robust suite of services to address the risks highlighted in the Wipro breach. BullPhish ID™ delivers security awareness training and phishing simulations created specifically to help employees recognize and avoid phishing traps like those used to infiltrate Wipro’s systems. Dark Web ID™ monitors the dark web for employee and supply chain credential exposure, which most often results from using those credentials on third-party websites. SpotLight ID™ provides comprehensive personal identity protection and restoration services for employees and customers, mitigating risk and providing peace of mind.

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Cyber Scams to Avoid This Tax Season

by ID Agent

They say nothing is certain except for death and taxes. In 2019, it’s time to add cyber tax scams to the list. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams – and it’s no surprise that nefarious online schemes top the list. Here are some of the most common (and clever) techniques that hackers are using to defraud Americans of their personal information and hard-earned income.

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Webinar Recap: An Update on Data Security Breach Laws in the U.S. & Canada

by ID Agent

Data Security Breach Laws Becoming Stricter The webinar “An Update on Data Security Breach Laws in the U.S. & Canada” was offered February 13 by ID Agent. The top-line message is that the many overlapping laws and regulations governing data security are becoming stricter. Moderated by Jessica Retka, an associate in the Intellectual Property and Technology Group at Baltimore law firm Whiteford Taylor Preston LLP, the webinar featured legal experts S. Keith Moulsdale, a partner in the Cyber Security, Information Management and Privacy Group at Whiteford Taylor Preston, and Judith Payne, a partner at Winnipeg-based Pitblado Law who specializes in privacy, regulatory compliance, and information technology in corporate and commercial enterprises.

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Winner Announced in Dark Web ID Contest!

by dana

We are excited to announce the winner of our “Tell Us Your Story” contest! Jeff Reiter of RWK IT Services in Frankfort, IL submitted our winning testimonial, as voted on by a committee of 10!

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Stay Cyber-Safe When Shopping Online

by dana

We were thrilled to see how many of our MSP Partners utilized the resources we provided to help educate their customers during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October.

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